06 December 2011

Will Name Indians with Swiss Accounts in 2012: Julian Assange

The names of Indians holding Swiss bank accounts may be revealed by WikiLeaks sometime next year, its founder Julian Assange said.

Assange, who is under house arrest in the UK, said this through videoconferencing during a conference held in Delhi , that whistleblower Rudolf Elmer, who passed CDs containing information to him, is undergoing trial and it would not be proper to make disclosures at this juncture.

 Asked if names of Indians holding Swiss accounts will be revealed in the coming year, he said, "yes" .

Information about such accounts "which will affect India" will be revealed in the coming year, he said.

He said since Elmer was jailed and facing legal action, he would not like to comment on the issue at the moment.

"For that reason, unfortunately , I cannot speak about information related to Swiss accounts in great detail... we must protect our people," he added.

Assange said governments in some countries are "sucking out" data from emails and internet transactions and passing on this "economic intelligence" to companies like Wal-Mart . He made some startling revelations about "hacking" and "hijacking" of data of unsuspecting people. Assange maintained that NTRO, which he termed was India's equivalent of National Security Agency of the US, was engaged in similar kind of surveillance under the cover of keeping track of "Islamic terror" .